There is only one person I know who has more passion for English history than me, and that is sofa brother. We both devour books and tv shows, especially on Tudor and Elizabethan times, with a voraciousness that sofa girl finds disturbing. She, on the other hand, couldn’t care less who killed who and what bizarre relations exist within royal lineages.
When I read that Irish designer Simone Rocha had drawn inspiration for her Fall 2014 collection from an Elizabethan exhibition she had seen, I was more than curious. I have been following Ms. Rocha’s collections for a couple of years, drawn to her romantic yet down to earth clothes.
Not always necessarily suitable for me, I do nonetheless love that girlish elements like pearls, sequins, lace or embroidery embellishments are invariably discreet, and mostly paired with ballet flats or even sneakers, creating a ladylike image that doesn’t take herself too seriously. A little bit lady, she calls it. (Simone Rocha, by the way, is the daughter of designer John Rocha – remember him? – and yet another graduate of St. Martin’s Central in London).
At 51, I don’t want to look ridiculous dressing too young for my age but neither do I want to eschew whimsy or individuality for the more polished looks that are associated with women my age. And Simone Rocha’s collections never fail to provide me with ideas.
Here are some looks from both her Spring and Fall 2014 runway shows. The Tudor elements are visible in the details of the very 21st century styling: subtle but unmistakable. And eminently wearable.
All images courtesy of Vogue.com